No, its not Christmas yet. It’s the annual Platter’s by Diners Club International Awards. Reason to celebrate. So many of our Overberg wineries collected 5 stars in Cape Town. Friends of the Overberg also did well with their wines. First mention goes to Beaumont with their Starboard taking 5 stars and rated as the Fortified Wine of the Year.
This year only 4 Pinot Noirs – 2 from Elgin and 2 from Hemel-en-Aarde. From the Hemel-en-Aarde stable it was Creation’s The Art of Pinot Noir 2016 and Bouchard Finlayson’s Galpin Peak 2015.
Alheit Vineyards received five stars for their La Colline 2016 Semillon while Wilhelm Pienaar took honours for Hermanuspietersfontein Kat Met Die Houtbeen 2015.
Elemental Bob received a five star award for Grenache Blanc. This was Craig Sheard’s first five stars. Another five star newbie was friend of the Overberg Wynand Lategan’s Lanzerac Pinotage Pionier 2015. James and Stewart Downes took 2 5 star awards home. For Semillon and Merlot.
A night of happiness all round with the new colour revealed as habanero red. A hot colour for smoking hot wines.